Rikako Ikee made an appearance in Manchester, coming within half a second of her own SCM 100 fly national record tonight.
The Japanese competition train ceases to stop, as the nation’s top athletes are gearing up for their World Championships Selection Meet slated for October 27th and 28th.
In response to her extraordinary year in the pool, 18-year-old Rikako Ikee has been honored as ‘MVP’ by the Japanese Swimming Federation.
Although Rikako Ikee is listed on the start lists for this weekend’s Manchester International Swim Meet, it’s doubtful she will be racing, as the teen is currently in Turkey training with Sarah Sjostrom.
Gold medalist in the women’s 200m breaststroke at the 2018 Asian Games, Kanako Watanabe of Japan, plans on changing coaches after she graduates from Waseda University in March 2019.
The 73rd National Sports Festival of Japan concluded today, with the nation’s golden girl, Rikako Ikee, capping off a whirlwind summer.
Sarah Sjostrom shattered her own World Cup Record in the women’s 100 fly with a swim of 56.46 in Doha.
Masato Sakai (left) won the 200m fly silver medal in Rio, but recently underwent shoulder surgery this summer. He’ll be making his recovery debut this weekend at the Japanese National Sports Festival.
The final of the women’s 200 and 1500 freestyles will fall on the same night at the 2020 Olympics.
Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom collected her 3rd World Cup Record in just the 1st stop of the 2018 series.
Two of the fastest butterfliers in the world, Rikako Ikee of Japan and Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden, are set to train together in Turkey this fall.
Rikako Ikee, just 18 years old, became the first woman ever to be awarded MVP of the Asian Games.
SUN Yang s’est emparé des titres du 200, 400, 800, et 1500 nage libre à Djakarta.
18-year-old Rikako Ikee was a primary contributor to Japan’s overall victory over China at this year’s Asian Games, a feat it hasn’t accomplished in 20 years.
Les monopolistes complètent leurs empires : Sun Yang et Wang Jianjahe sur le demi-fond, Yasuhiro Koseki en brasse et Rikako Ikee sur 50 libre